Former MLB general manager and current ESPN MLB analyst Jim Bowden joined the Dennis Friedo Show on KESN FM 103.3 ESPN Radio to talk about the Rangers’ season. Here are some highlights:
On Ian Desmond getting paid after his bounce back year:
Bowden: He’s going to get paid. I don’t think he’ll ever get quite what the Washington Nationals offered him, but what a great year he’s putting together. A good bounceback year. I don’t think the batting average and on base percentage will continue the rest of the year, but certainly I think the home runs and stolen bases will. I think it’s been tremendous watching him, how he’s improved in the outfield defensively. How about that throw to the plate at 95 miles an hour and 256 feet. That was pretty impressive.
On Jon Daniels’ plan with Desmond after the year:
Bowden: I think it’s changed from when I talked to him back in March. JD in March, I think the plan all along was he would take advantage of getting Desmond at this bargain basement price and that he and Moreland would be free agents at the end of the year and they would turn their sights then to Mazara and Gallo and the young kids that would be ready. Well a lot has happened since then. Mazara obviously has shown to be one of the best rookies in the game and was ready a little bit early. Jurickson Profar has come back and he looks healthy and looks like the top prospect we remember. Mitch Moreland is having a bad year but Ian Desmond is completely back.
I think the one great thing about Jon Daniels is that his plans are always flexible. He’s always open to opportunity. Ian Desmond has found a home down there in Texas. He’s well liked in the clubhouse. He’s extremely happy with the group of players that he is playing with right now. I do think although I would have told you that it is very unlikely in March that he would be able to be re signed and kept after this year I do think cheap mlb jerseys
now that there is a possibility that the Rangers could be able to keep him. It all depends of course what happens on the open market. I don’t expect him to extend Desmond until he gets to free agency. But I do think there is a chance he could return because he is really happy out there.
On the strength of Jon Daniels:
Bowden: The goal is you want to draft, sign international players and enjoy the free years that you get in years 0 3. All we have to do is look over at Kansas City. They are the team that has won the World Series and been in the World Series the last two years filled with what? Mostly home grown players. That’s what you want to do, that’s the goal. It can’t always happen that way, so free agency is a good vehicle to add a piece or two when you need a piece or two. Trade obviously always help. But I think Jon Daniels has proven over the years that whether he’s developing players they drafted to use for himself or to trade, or whether he scores home runs in international signings like he did in the case of Yu Darvish, I think the track record is pretty impressive and very well balanced in every area.